According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, wet cleaning is the safest professional method of green dry cleaning available. Wet and dry cleaning companies utilize similar pressing equipment, but the washing processes are completely different. At Bandbox Laundry, our eco-friendly dry cleaning process uses special biodegradable detergents and fresh water to clean almost all garments that can be dry cleaned. Depending on the number and type of items, our computerized washing machines control the amount of water, soap and agitation each load receives. After your items are clean, our specialized dryers gently tumble dry garments at specific temperatures and humidity for set periods of time.
Clothes that have been wet cleaned have a softer look and feel (and a much better smell) than clothes that have been dry cleaned, and the process can even be used with fabrics such as wools, silks, rayon and linen that require special treatment. After wet cleaning, your garments are hand-pressed and beautifully finished by our experienced pressers.
Technically, you could say people have been wet cleaning for as long as they’ve been wearing and washing their clothes. Professional wet cleaning technology was first developed in Germany in the early 1990s. Today, the wet cleaning process is used by thousands of cleaners across the globe , and dozens of companies manufacture wet cleaning equipment and detergents.
Green dry cleaning generally refers to all processes of cleaning dry clean only garments without the use of perc as a cleaning solvent. Green cleaners dry cleaning methods include liquid CO2, liquid silicone and wet cleaning. Processes that use liquid CO2 or liquid silicone are considered green dry cleaning methods because they are a more environmentally safe method of cleaning than the those that utilize perc. Wet cleaning is widely considered the MOST green method for professionally cleaning clothes. Of all the shades of green, wet cleaning is the brightest.